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Hellman, Lillian. (1905 - 1984).

L i f e

- a NY playwright of Southern origin

- an anti-fascist activist during the WW II

W o r k

E v i l  i n  t h e  H u m a n  H e a r t :

- an individually psychological point of view

The Children's Hour (1934):

- the abuse of power and its consequences

- a privileged student wrongfully accuses her college teachers of a lesbian relationship, corrupts their lives, and one of the accused commits suicide

E v i l  i n  t h e  A m e r i c a n  S o c i e t y :

- a broader point of view x but: presents the social evil in individual characters and plots

The Little Foxes (1939):

- the title: from the biblical foxes destroying the fruitful vineyard

- the destructive foxes = the symbol for the ruthlessness of the Southern enterprising family of the Hubbards

The Watch on the Rhine (1941):

- a warning for the Ameran public before the danger of fascism

Another Part of the Forest (1946):

- a retrospective return to the Hubbard family

The Autumn Garden (1951):

- a contemporary play: the middle aged people’s attempt to recapture the sense of youth


"If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy, then you will probably write melodrama".

Lillian Hellman's answer to her critics’ complaints that her plots are melodramatic.


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  • Author

    Lillian (Florence) Hellman. (1905 - 1984). American.
  • Work

    Playwright. Author of The Little Foxes (1939).
  • Genres

    Modern drama. American South. Political play.


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